BEIRUT: Residents from the Beit Jaafar and Jabal Akroum villages of Akkar held a reconciliation with the support of the Army, the state-run National News Agency reported, after a series of gunfights divided the villages.
The reconciliation was held under the patronage of Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi, who was represented by the head of the Army Intelligence’s northern branch, Brig. Gen. Amer al-Hasan.
Relations between the villages have been tense ever since Ahmad Abu Ali, a resident from Sunni village of Jabal Akroum, was shot and killed by relatives of the Shiite Jaafar family.
He was shot while helping a Syrian refugee family from Qusair enter Lebanon via the Syrian village of Hourani. A number of people from the Jaafar clan reside in Hourani. Several others were wounded in the shootout.
The incident was followed by another exchange of gunfire, which led to the killing of one member of the Jaafar family, which in turn led to another round of violence in Jabal Akroum, leaving two wounded.